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Clichéd statements about anti-Semitism are not enough

30 August, 2019

• I AM disappointed to see the response from Pete Gilman (Labour’s leader is the victim of continuous smear campaigns, August 16) to my letter, in which I demanded that my local MP, and someone whom I consider a decent man, show contrition and humility, after the stain of four years of growing anti-Semitism under his watch as leader of the Labour Party, (‘Show contrition and humility’, August 9).

Mr Gilman’s letter ends with this: “…the Jewish cmmunities are also the victims. They are being lied to, and made to be afraid. Jewish people have nothing to fear from Jeremy Corbyn.”

This is simply gaslighting, a display of faux-sympathy which infantilises the Jewish community. Why does Mr Gilman think he understands anti-Semitism better than Jewish people themselves?

Would he tell any other oppressed group “you don’t understand racism, or sexism, or homophobia. Instead, listen to me”?

The Jewish community, have no wish to be afraid, have no wish to fear Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister. But we have not been lied to, we have simply observed Jeremy Corbyn’s behaviour, and reached this sad conclusion.

Mr Gilman mentions a number of statements Jeremy Corbyn has made about anti-Semitism, each of which he was right to make: but many of these statements have only come after he’s been dragged, kicking and screaming, through the mud of his own inaction, and his own past statements.

Unfortunately, actions speak louder than words. Clichéd statements about opposing anti-Semitism aside, he has not shown a proper regret for his past. This makes it look like he doesn’t really care about this issue.

JULIET MWANIKI
N19

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